JOHN SCHLESINGER                             



2019        CFEVA Visual Artist’s Fellowship, Peter Benoliel Fellow

2002        John Armstrong Chaloner Rome Prize Fellowship in the Visual Arts

        Peter S. Reed Foundation Award

2000’s   VCCA residencies (2)

2000        Aaron Siskind Fellowship

1999        Louis Comfort Tiffany Award

1998        Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow, The MacDowell Colony

1990’s   MacDowell Residencies (5)

1992      Yaddo Residency

1992        Aaron Siskind Fellowship

89-14         Blue Mountain Center Residencies (4), Blue Mountain, NY

1988        National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (also 1986)

1983        Bush Foundation Fellowship


2023         Installation: Photron,  with Loudwig van Ludens,  United Methodist Church,  Berlin        

2023    Installation: FRIEDA, Philadelphia

2022    If you lived here..., you’d be home now, Artbox, Philadelphia

2022    Untitled Installation, with Loudwig van Ludens, Artloft  and studio,  Berlin

2021          After the Fall. Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia

2020    Untitled Installation, CFEVA, Philadelphia

2019    …the player to be named later, VisArts Center, Rockville, Md

2018         Basement installation, Lola 38, Philadelphia

        Window installation. Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia

2017        A Player to Be Named Later, a Dear Volunteers collaboration with

                 Tra Bouscaren, LoLa38, Philadelphia

        Dear Volunteers, AC Institute, New York, NY

                a Dear Volunteers collaboration with Tra Bouscaren

2016        You Doom Chunx, a Dear Volunteers collaboration with Tra Bouscaren,

                Unsmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock, PA

        Dear Volunteers, a Dear Volunteers collaboration with Tra Bouscaren,

                Whittier College, Green Leaf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

        Neon Robot Iceberg, a Dear Volunteers collaboration with Tra Bouscaren,

                Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture, San Francisco, CA

        Daft Affect, a Dear Volunteers collaboration with Tra Bouscaren                 

                TR Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2013        My Future Ex, site-specific installation, Dear Volunteers collaboration, Buffalo,                 

2012        Untitled Installation, The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts,


2003        John Schlesinger, Front Gallery, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

2001        John Schlesinger, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

        John Schlesinger, Williamsburg Art NeXus, Brooklyn, NY

1996        John Schlesinger, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina,                 

1996        Writing Pictures, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

1995        Fragmented Images, The Alternative Museum,  New York, NY

1994        Working the Blade: Jacob Kass/John Schlesinger, The Tampa Art Museum,


2021         Sculpture in the Glen, Philadelphia

2019         Selections from CFEVAs 2018 Fellows, Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia

2018        Wonkfest  Tra Bouscaren, Max Rain, and John Schlesinger  

CICA Experimental Film and Video Exhibition,  CICA Museum, Korea

2013        My Future Ex installation at University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2011        Vox VII, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

2011        Hive/Cave, Pageant, Philadelphia, PA

2011        Duets, DCCA, Wilmington, DE

1996        Out takes, Obscure Selections by Gallery Artists, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1992        More Than One Photography: Work Since 1980...Museum of Modern Art, New York

        Group Exhibition, Blum Helman Warehouse, New York

1992        Voyeurism, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York

        Cannibal Eyes, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (catalogue)

        Addressing the Forbidden, Brighton Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

1991        The Body in Question, Burden Gallery, New York (catalogue)

        Moving Light, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

        Erotic Desire, Centrum Voor Fotographie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1990        The Big Picture: Selections from the Permanent Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

        Wagner, Berman, Schlesinger, Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York

        Photography: 1980’s—Discovery and Invention, curated by J. Smith, Basel Art Fair, Switzerland

        The Indomitable Spirit: Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS, International Center for Photography, New York and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (catalogue)

        The Photography of Invention, The National Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center,

        Sequence (Con) Sequence, Bard College, Annandale, New York

1989        Unbesehen, Kampnagel 3, Hamburg, FDR

1987        Poetic Injury, Alternative Museum, New York

        Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

        This is Not a Photograph, John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

1986        Stills: From Cinema and Video into Photography, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

        The Real Big Picture, The Queens Museum, New York

1985      Figures, Spaces, and Structures, 1972-83, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


2018         Art Blog, review by Miles Orville, Philadelphia

2018         Lola 38 catalog, Philadelphia

2003        Catalog, American Academy in Rome

        Pandemic: Facing AIDS, Umbrage Editions, edited and curated by Nan Richardson, Spring

2001        Art Issues, “San Francisco e-Mail: Burtynsky, Schlesinger, Nimoy”, Mark Van Proyen, Summer

2000        Art in America, “Artworld”, a description of Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, March

        New York Times, review of “Snapshots” at Aldrich Museum, by Sarah Boxer

1999        Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Award Catalogue

1997        Art in America, “Writing Pictures” photo with review by Eileen Myles, March

        Art News, “The Image of the Hand” photo with article by Barbara Pollack, March

1996        Writing Pictures, a catalogue by John Schlesinger, essay by Linda Yablonsky,

        The New York Observer, “Secret Codes: A Touch of Noir” review by A.D. Coleman, Sept. 30

1993         Blind Spot, premier issue

        Art in America, “Complex Vision”, article by Paul Smith, March

        Future Safe, donated photographs in pamphlet about estate planning for artists with HIV

1992        White Columns Catalogue, “Update 92”, essay by Bill Arning

        MIT Catalogue, “Cannibal Eyes”, essay by Ron Platt

1991        Art News, “Wagner, Berman, Schlesinger”, review by Richard Woodward, January

1987     Art News, review by Mary Haus

1986         The New York Times, review by Andy Grundberg, July 11


American Academy in Rome

Allen Memorial Museum

Art Institute of Chicago

Bill Arning, New York

Bonni Benrubi, New York

Blue Mountain Center

Henry Buhl, New York

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Carnegie Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts

Deutsche Bank, AG, FDR

Richard Flood, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Barry Friedman, New York

General Mills, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, FDR

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Lehigh University Gallery

The MacDowell Colony

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Oberlin College Art Museum, Ohio

Princeton University, New Jersey

Aaron Siskind Foundation

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Tampa Art Museum

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,  Philosophy and Photography, BA; Art Education, BS, 1980

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, MFA (Interdisciplinary Art), Certificate in TBM, 2012




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